Dining at Sheesh Mahal

Curated Dining at Sheesh Mahal

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Tornos’ Home dining experience – by appointment

Sheesh Mahal is the first Palace Complex of Nawab Asif-Ud-Daula, now hard to believe due to mindless demolition and construction. Yet it is home to the decedents of the erstwhile royal family that has lived here in difficult contrasting conditions, after the failed Indian Mutiny in 1858.

It is said that the royalty and the royal lifestyle never fades, no matter what the financial condition of a royal be. The generations old recipes are still a part of the daily meal at the Sheesh Mahal and the family takes utmost pride in following the same un-distorted recipes for their daily meals. The only impact of modern times is on service style that is not so grand now and the number of dishes served being fewer they were when Asif-Ud-Daula dined here.

The family’s connection due to inter-royalty weddings with the royal families of Nizam of Hyderabad and Nawab of Rampur, have immensely impacted the recipes of the family, bringing in a lot many dishes to their cuisine, yet maintaining the authenticity and purity of their very own Awadhi cuisine. A typical fare at Sheeh Mahal includes Kebab, Korma, Pulao, Rumali and Phirni. Food at Sheesh Mahal is prepared by their ancestral family cooks and the ladies of the house and each meal here is a celebration of household family recipes that have been passed on from mother-in-laws and mothers of the present generation that resides here.

Cost :

On request – info@tornosindia.com

Starting Time : 

Winters / Summers – 7 pm

Expected Duration : 

2 hours

Remarks : 

This is an exclusive and privileged home dining product that operates every day by appointment and pre-booking.

Under this product the main focus is on food and not on any kind of family interaction or entertainment. The menu is curated by the family itself for the day and the meal is based on fixed menu or could be pre-plated.

This royal family has a long and illustrious culinary tradition and is known to be loyal to it even today. It is just this passion for authentic family recipes and undiluted tradition of culinary expertise that is the highlight of the meals served here.

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Dinner on set menu (food preferences are taken in advance).

Traditional beverage if served with dinner and if a part of the menu of the day.

Exclusive heritage and family history expert.

Privileged access to private home with appointment and by permission.

Transport services (No pickup / drop).

Any beverage, except bottled water unless a part of the menu of the day.

Entertainment programme.

Presence of the family (Not guaranteed. If they are in residence, they are happy to meet and dine together).

Tips & gratuities for service and cooking staff (At the discretion of guests).